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Fertility
October 8, 2019

How stress can influence your fertility

Could stress really prevent you from getting pregnant? Stress, depression and anxiety are described as common consequences of infertility. While stress alone doesn’t necessarily cause infertility, it can push a person toward unhealthy behaviours. These unhealthy behaviours can affect your fertility.
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Fertility
May 13, 2019

Struggling to fall pregnant? It could be an ovarian cyst

Ovarian cysts are more common than you realize. Often, they don’t present with symptoms, but sometimes they can create a lot of trouble – including infertility.
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Pregnancy
November 30, 2018

Want to get pregnant? Do this first

So you’re ready for a little bundle of joy? There are a few things you need to put in place before you bring your little one into the world. With some important lifestyle changes, you can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. It’s time to get off birth control Before you start trying for a baby, you’ll have to stop your birth control a couple of months in advance. This will give you a bit of time to see what your natural menstrual cycle is like, so you can figure out when you're ovulating (the time of the month…
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Pregnancy
January 8, 2018

Can you be ‘pregnant’ without having a baby?

Is this even possible? Yes, shockingly, it’s true. You can be “pregnant” without really being pregnant. What is 'false pregnancy'? Also known as pseudcyesis or phantom pregnancy, this condition happens when you believe that you are carrying a baby, but there is no evidence that this is true. Your body can basically respond in the exact same way as if you were pregnant, but you have no foetus in the womb. The symptoms are all there: swollen belly, nausea, vomiting, enlarged breasts – and the woman may even feel like there’s movement in the tummy. Your menstrual cycle may even…
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Women's Health
January 5, 2018

What every woman should know about fibroids

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about, now we need to watch out for tumours in the uterus! What are fibroids? Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow within or along the walls of the uterus. The tumours are made of a small amount of cells and tissue, and grow quite quickly in size. They may grow in singles or clusters. A fibroid could be as small as an apple seed or the size of a grapefruit. In unusual cases, it may become bigger. Fibroids are very common in women of reproductive age, and they usually shrink once…
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Hormones
January 5, 2018

Oestrogen: a hormone for women and men

What separates the girls from the boys? From a physical perspective, it all boils down to hormones. The glands all over your body secrete substances which have an effect on how your organ system behaves; either in a positive or negative way. Although oestrogen is a female hormone, a man’s body also makes oestrogen; but at a lower level. Oestrogen is a group of sex hormones that help with the development and maintenance of female characteristics in the human body. So, your hormones act like messengers, that tell specific tissues in your body to behave a certain way. Amazing, right?…
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Women's Health
October 27, 2017

What exactly is Endometriosis?

Do you find yourself curled up in bed with severe period pain, popping painkillers nearly every month? Something could be wrong! Endometriosis is one of the causes of severe period pain … but what exactly is it? What is endometriosis? The endometrium is the tissue that lines the inner cavity of the uterus (womb) Endometrial cells are shed every month during menstruation Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium grows outside of the uterine cavity It is a painful condition as these endometrial growths bleed in the same manner as the endometrial lining inside the uterus does every month during menstruation Endometriosis…
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Fertility
October 24, 2017

Can you choose your baby’s gender?

You’ve wanted a little girl ever since you were a little girl yourself. Or maybe your husband is keen for a boy to play sports with. Is it possible to choose the gender of your baby? Let’s first understand how gender works. All women’s eggs carry the X chromosome. Sperm carries either an X or Y chromosome. X is for girls, Y for boys. If the Y-bearing sperm penetrates the egg, then the baby is a boy. If the X-bearing sperm penetrate, then the baby is a girl. It basically comes down to which sperm gets to the egg first, and…
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Fertility
August 28, 2017

Your sperm ages with you. Here’s how to save them

There’s no need to rush into fatherhood, but men, just like women, shouldn’t wait too long to have a baby. Even though most men can have children well into their 50s, fertility becomes challenging after the age of 40. This is because ageing affects every cell in your body, including your sperm cells. Your swimmers age too As you grow older, your sperm quality decreases. Their morphology (size, shape and appearance) and motility (the ability of sperm to move towards an egg) deteriorate with age, and the volume of semen also begins to decline. Research published in Fertility & Sterility found…
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